March 29, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming track and field split up their team this weekend to compete in both the Victor Lopez Bayou Classic in Houston, Texas, and the Rob Upton Invitational held in Fort Collins, Colo.
Friday and Saturday at the Lopez Classic, the Cowboys and Cowgirls combined for 16 top five finishes, including three first place titles.
Senior Kate Burton and junior Courtney Gougler led the way for the Cowgirls as they both walked away with wins in the hammer throw and discus throw respectively. Burton tossed her hammer 190' 6" while also placing second in the discus with her personal best throw of 150' 7". Gougler, who won the discus with her toss of 153' 5" also placed third in the shot put with her throw of 44' 2 1/2". Along with the throwers, junior Shaylee Babbitt placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 14.36. She also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.41.
For the Cowboys, freshman Jeremiah James took first place in the long jump with a leap of 23', he was followed by junior John Alderson who placed fifth. Newcomer Eliud Chirchir had a very solid meet with a second place finish in the 800-meter with a time of 1:53.27, and a fifth place finish in the 1,500-meter race. Junior Brett Schuler finished in third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with his personal best time of 9:23.40. Alan John took second place in the hammer with his toss of 179' 5". Finally, senior Vashone West placed third in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 100-meter dash with times of 21.62 and 10.83 respectively.
Michael Huntington had a nice meet as he placed fourth in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:53.67. Finally, sophomore Kekoa Chavez took second in the 400-meter hurdles with his season best time of 53.77.
"Our kids competed very hard and very well today," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "We have some young kids who are slowly starting to come around and perform very well."
At the Upton Invite on Saturday the Cowgirls had a very solid showing with senior Jen Collen leading the way with her second place finish in the long jump with her leap of 17' 11 1/2". She was followed by Ashley Knight who placed third in the triple jump. Andrea Frary took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 65.91. Junior Joi Smith set her personal best in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.88.
"Today was a great opportunity for our kids to get some much needed experience, and they did a great job," said UW assistant coach Quincy Howe.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will have a short week before they head to Palo Alto, Calif., and Provo, Utah next weekend to compete in the Stanford Invite and Cougar Invite, Friday and Saturday.